Regardless of our backgrounds, the common factor uniting McKinsey consultants is demonstrated passion and a willingness to go the distance.
Pushing personal boundaries to learn new skills
As an adventurer in my pre-McKinsey life, I relish the experience of discovery, and pushing my personal boundaries to learn new skills. The breadth and depth of the work that we do at McKinsey is the perfect opportunity for me to constantly reinvent and challenge myself with every new project.
I find it empowering that everyone in the team is given an equal voice, regardless of tenure or rank. Client impact definitely comes first, and as a fresh consultant, I found it rewarding to be given the autonomy to run with ideas I proposed and take them through to the end.
Supportive, nurturing, and awesome people
McKinsey's structured training programme is second to none, and the functional training courses I've attended have been enriching and directly applicable to our client work. Personally, I've met several mentors at McKinsey who have been very supportive and nurturing with their advice on life both within and outside the firm.
What stands out most about my time at McKinsey is the awesome people! I've come to know so many colleagues who share the same passions and interests that I do outside of work. We definitely have a pretty sizeable group of folks who are interested in mountaineering and triathlons, and I've even met a colleague who is an amateur bullfighter.
Strength in diversity
My advice to someone looking to join is that there isn't a need to worry about having the “right” background. Rather, what’s important is what you’ve made of your chosen path in life. Regardless of our backgrounds, the one common factor uniting McKinsey consultants is demonstrated passion and a willingness to go the distance.
There is no “typical” profile of a McKinsey consultant, and one of the firm's strengths lies in the diversity of the backgrounds of its people. My own background in humanities has developed my critical thinking, as well as the ability to piece together diverse information to form a hypothesis, which is central to the work that we do.
*Jane is the first woman from Southeast Asia to have scaled the Seven Summits, the highest peaks of the seven continents. more
National University of Singapore
BA, English literature